Designer


Erik Magnussen

Ceramicist and industrial designer with a focus on simplicity and functionality

ERIK MAGNUSSEN (1940 – 2014) graduated as a ceramicist in 1960 and started working for highly esteemed Bing & Grøndahl as an industrial designer. Since the late 1970s, Magnussen has been synonymous with the Stelton thermos. A key theme of Erik Magnussen’s work is simplicity – nothing is superfluous. Magnussen had a pragmatic view on design. First and foremost, design should be functional and durable. This is indeed the case for both the CHAIRIK series designed for Engelbrechts in 1996 and PLATEAU from 2009.

Magnussen had a pragmatic view on design. First and foremost, design should be functional and durable.

– Morten Engelbrecht, Founder & Creative Director, Engelbrechts

THE CHAIRIK CHAIR IS AN archetypal example of simplicity: with a two-dimensional, easily manufactured shell, Erik Magnussen achieved a high level of comfort and design.

ERIK MAGNUSSEN’S DESIGNS are exhibited in museums across the world and he has received many acknowledgements and awards for his work, including the Red Dot award in 2011 for PLATEAU. Magnussen was the youngest person ever to receive the Lunning Prize in 1967 and has been elected “Honorary Royal Designer for Industry” by The Royal Society of Art in London.